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November 8, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

How a Highly Secret DoD Agency Does Business



National Security The Air Force’s “Big Safari” is “a secretive and shadowy organization that has been in existence for over 60 years.” Even though Big Safari hands out billions in contracts, it doesn't follow the rules like other agencies.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 4, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Will Congress Fix How Contractors Are Held Accountable?



Draft view of the Suspend Act in the House of Representatives POGO has proposed changes to the federal government's suspension and debarment system for years, and supports the proposed SUSPEND Act, which would consolidate the vast suspension and debarment system.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 28, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Afghanistan Withdrawal Means No Oversight of U.S.-Funded Projects



Contract Oversight The Washington Post discovered at least 15 taxpayer-funded reconstruction projects, worth over $1 billion combined, expected to continue past Obama’s projected Afghanistan withdrawal date.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 25, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

DoD OIG Expands into “Buy American” Compliance



National Security POGO urged the Defense Department Inspector General to expand its audit into domestic preference laws. The IG recently announced that is would expand the audit, and now it will investigate DoD compliance with the Berry Amendment and the Buy American Act.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 22, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Is the Army Making Workforce Decisions Without Cost Data?



Photo By: Cpl. Paul Peterson; CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - A food service specialist with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), grills hamburger patties at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 12, 2013. The Army outlined plans to have soldiers work in dining halls and as security guards, removing contractors from those activities. Finding the right mix of military, civilian, and contractor personnel is essential to an effective military, and cost is a vit

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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